PlayStation 4 Sells 2.1 Million Worldwide
Sales in Europe, Latin America and Australasia shatter records once again
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 00:12
The PlayStation 4 has finally gone global, and the numbers are good.
Sony’s newest console launched across 30 new countries last Friday, including the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, Australasia and Latin America. Be¬tween then and Dec. 1, the company has sold through (as in, sold to customers and not just to retailers) a record-setting 700 thousand additional units.
That brings the world¬wide tally up to about 2.1 million, after the also-re¬cord-breaking United States and Canada launch on Nov. 15.
These numbers indicate a strong supply chain—some¬thing that was lacking in the launch of previous consoles. Before, a console manufacturer might sell out its entire supply in a week, and force customers to wait months for new shipments (anybody remember the Wii?)
However, it’s not just supply that’s responsible for these impressive numbers. The Wii U, when it launch in 2012, was readily available across the globe. However, poor marketing and a weak launch game lineup meant that many of those consoles sat on store shelves, and continue to do so to this day.
Clearly, the market was ready for new hardware, and it’s speaking with cash. Microsoft’s Xbox One has also done very well, matching the PlayStation 4’s 24-hour million sales across. Though that system launched simultaneously across multiple regions, making it impossible to compare the systems’ sales point-for-point just yet.
This is a good sign for console gaming. As tablet and phone games have be¬come more popular around the world, many experts have been calling for the panic button on “traditional” games. This turn of events shows that the worldwide market still wants console and PC games, even if it is in addition to “Angry Birds” and “Cut the Rope.”
When the PlayStation 4 launched in North America, there was worry that it could just be a fluke. These sales, however, indicate a trend rather than an isolated incident.
Hopefully, this means third-party publishers like Activision and Electronic Arts (who have shied away from supporting the much-maligned Wii U) will jump in head-first on the new consoles, and give players everywhere what really matters—new games.